Arsenal top of the league… that’s all that matters, right?

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After not attending the game yesterday due to the icy situation, I watched the game on a stream that was all over the place with Geoff and a buddy. So I’m probably not in the best situation to tell you how amazing we were.

What I could garner from the 15 frames a minute was that we took the lead as always. Samir Nasri scored a superb solo goal after picking up a Arshavin through ball, he cut back twice and roofed his shot in WBA fashion to put us ahead.

As usual, we conceded in Charlie Chaplin fashion. From what I saw, Koscielny head butted Squillaci, Song slid into the situation, they all missed the ball allowing Fulham to slip a hopelessly simple ball through the lot of them which gave Camara the simplest of finishes.

Our game fell to pieces for a while. We all wondered if we had it in us to level it push on. Turns out we did, Robin Van Persie picked up the ball on the edge of the area, instead of rifling it he laid it off to Super Nasri who took the ball past one Fulham man, took it past the keeper, took it five yards past left post, pirouetted the wrong way and slipped the ball back across goal and buried it in spectacular fashion! An incredible winner worthy of Lionel Messi like hyperbole!

The Frenchman stole the show, Chelsea collapsed against Everton, Spurs dropped two points against the Brum and Arsenal took the advantage and heroically went top of the league!

Don’t worry about Fabianski flapping needlessly for another cross that could have cost us. Don’t worry about the performance being colder than a bag of north London slush. Forget that we panicked for 60 minutes and entertained Fulham when we shouldn’t have.

We’re top of the league, we’ve got more points than anyone else and we have time to work on our glaring problems. Some how, we’re doing better than everyone else… so let’s marvel and gloat about that because it could all change by next week!

I still think we could win the league, we just need to address a few issues like communication, keeping and defending as a team. The sooner we get Vermalen back, the better. The sooner we can figure out how to integrate Robin Van Persie the better. The sooner Cesc comes back… well, it wouldn’t be for the better because we looked more creative than we have in while without him.

Have a great day Grovers and gloat like we’d just won the Champions League of the Universe!

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Time to take our ball back, tell FIFA to swivel and start our own comp, say hello to the WFA!

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That’s right people, it’s time to kick FIFA out of football, time to rid ourselves of corruption, time to get rid of boys clubs that support bung taking, turn a blind eye to racists and dodge taxes.

It’s time we took back our ball and rowed our own boat, time to get rid of pointless fixtures and injuries to the players whose salaries we pay, it’s time to put the power into the hands of those nations who make the World Cup and not the ghastly cheating bureucrats from nations that would never get into one on their footballing abilities.

It’s time for revolution! It’s time for the World Football Association!

So here’s how it works, we tell FIFA we are grateful for them seeing our bid but not reading it, but we really don’t want to listen to them, their directives, their stupid rules or their bizarre selection processes anymore.

We start up our own World Football Association, we firstly offer membership to all previous winners of the World Cup, they would all accept because they must be as sick of them as we are. We then allocate each winner a vote, votes only go to winners and that would take out most of the corruption. Before too long, every country that had a footballing culture would be on board and FIFA would cease to exist.

Now if those countries refused to join us, then we would be alone for while, so what? A world cup without England would be like an F1 team without a car.

Now as far as the World Cup going to Qatar, it has a few people complaining, let me tell you why it makes no sense to put the worlds greatest football tournament in the desert.

1) It’s way too hot and that’s why the ACN is held in January

2) Any country that bans alcohol to it’s people shouldn’t host a world cup, it may be their culture not to drink but beer and football go hand in hand, it’s in footballs DNA, so it’s footballs culture, and they should respect that. Thing is, they all drink anyway.

We are always faffing around respecting everyone else’s culture but seem to forget to respect our own, go with the majority and the majority of fans drink beer!

3) They aren’t a footballing nation and if they loved it so much then having their own league should be mandatory before applying for qualification. Didn’t they learn from USA 94?

I’m not upset because we didn’t get it, I think lobbying is just as dodgy as trying to influence voting, sending the 3 that we did was trying to curry favour and that was as bad as whatever we are accusing the others of. And we may think the three that went are the greatest (I don’t) but winning just one vote (thanks Cameron!) shows the rest of the world don’t.

Were were hugely arrogant and paid for it, sending 3 people that have never had a proper job and are hugely privileged  was never going to do it, and saying we sent the future King of England is a joke, if the Queen dies and if Prince Charles dies he may get the job, but he could be in his 70’s before that happens.

Anyway, onto all things Arsenal, another chance to go top if we beat Fulham, we stuffed them last season 4-1 in the last game, we were there and we looked good, Arsenal did too!

I would like to see Chamakh and RVP start today, the last time we saw that was Blackburn away if memory serves me right, I think JET is knocking on the door too, but 5 minutes is nonsense, maybe he can do a half each with Robin.

I think we’ll have Song back today so I hope he drops Denilson, he doesn’t deserve another chance, against Wigan he was hopeless. I expect Fabianski will be back and he’ll have a point to prove with Schwarzer at the other end. And as he has extended his (Fulham) contract I believe that rumour will end, I still expect to see Given in January and Manuel will disappear to the lower leagues of Spain.

Anyway, I expect a win and a convincing one, so have fun wrap up and enjoy the day!

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FIFA $ham£ | Russian left back on Arsenal radar again | Chamakh to score 20 goals

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Good morning sports fans!

So, yesterday was a bit of a damp squib (a miniature explosive) wasn’t it? Firstly I picked up a paper cut on one of my fingers, so typing is extremely painful and secondly England lost the 2018 bid to Russia and even more bizarrely than that, Australia and America lost 2022 to Footballing giant… QATAR!

Now, firstly with the Russian bid.

1) Poor infrastructure.

2) Extremely unfriendly country in terms of police and inherent racism among fans.

3) It’s hugely expensive to get to.

Bar that, it has a strange lure. I’m not dead set against it if I’m honest. Russia have been dying to show everyone they’re still a super power and I can’t imagine they’re going to cut corners. It should be a world cup to remember and at least they have a rich footballing history to back their bid. It was nice to see an Arsenal player as the focal point as well. I can’t imagine for a second anything shady went on behind the scenes. It would be preposterous to suggest that a man as rich as Abramovich would ever look to swing votes with anything other than his charm and persuasive manner.

Now, the second bid is the most bizarre. One of my very good friends from way back when grew up in Qatar. He spent the best part of 5 years persuading me to go over there. I must precursor this by telling you before he’d invite me, he would insist that Doha is by far the most boring place he’d ever lived and the best part about it is shawarma and shisha. Accessing drink is a nightmare, the rules are strict and the temperatures are beyond ridiculous.

How mad is it to firstly build 9 stadiums from scratch. Secondly, to bring 3 million fans together and house them within 60km of each other and thirdly, give the world cup to a country who has no famous player of note and has never qualified for a World Cup. Not to mention the carbon impact of air-conditioned stadiums (carbon neutral my arse).

Imagine a World Cup where you couldn’t enjoy a beer in public? Imagine being a Geordie and told you can’t dress provocatively? Imagine being gay and landing 5 years for doing something that is illegal there? Jeez, they give the death penalty for espionage… watch out 2022!

At least we know Zidane backed the bid with only a small incentive of $15million. I’m sure no one else on the bid team benefitted from anything other than the occasional flat white at Costa.

Anyway, moving $wiftly onto football and all things Arsenal!

Chamakh has been speaking to the press about how he has endeared himself to the fans. He told he thought the Arsenal fans like him because,

‘I give 200 per cent, I play with my heart, I’ve got guts, I give everything I’ve got.’

It’s pretty hard to disagree with his astute assessment. He gives everything to the team and he never gives up. Much in the same way Adebayor used to when he had a contract to play for. He also mentioned his previous poor goal scoring record. He’s never bagged more than 20. Well, he’s at 10 already and I’m hoping he’ll finish the season with at least 17.

Wenger will always be remembered by me as one of the best attacking coaches in world football. He takes players with the right ingredients and he moulds them into finishers.

Marc Overmars, Bobby Pires, Thierry Henry and Adebayor all arrived at Arsenal with poor scoring records. 3 of them said they weren’t goal scorers so don’t expect too much. That’s why I’m confident Chamakh will continue his scoring this season. That’s why I’m interested to see how Robin is introduced into the side. Will he play in the hole just behind Chamakh? Will he be pushed out wide? Or will he just wait his turn?

In Russian news today, talk of Renat Yanbaev is on the lips of most. He’s the Russian left back we were interested in last summer. He’s been capped 7 times by his home nation and rumour has it, he’s on the January transfer target list. If one exists of course…

Fulham are up this weekend and we’ll be without Cesc. Mark Hughes has prepared well for this, nipping off to the Barcelona game on Monday. We’ve got to be slightly wary of his side, they’ve got some good players and they’re capable of an upset. Statistically we should win, they’ve never beaten us at home… not since we started playing each other in 1914 apparently. Should be a walk in the park!

More from us on the game tomorrow, until then, drive save and say no to organic lemon snow cones.

See you in the comments!